March 30, 2013 5:35 AM
Died December 4, 2012. A celebration honoring John's life and work will be held Saturday April 6 at 11 a.m. in St. Mark United Methodist Church, 3942 La Colina Rd. in Santa Barbara. A family service was held in December at the Riverdale UMC Methodist Church where John and Marge have served as pastors. This service is sponsored by alumni and active members of the Channel Islands Walk to Emmaus Community.
In addition to his wife Marge, John is survived by four children: John Jr. of Spicewood, Tx., Tammi Britton of Madera, TemBoitano of Tucson Ariz., Rick Whittemore of Chicago Il, John's brother Lynn Whittemore of Lompoc, CA and his sister Mrs. Leslie Strausburg of Arroyo Grande, CA. There are 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
John and Marge lived in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez for 40 years. They are both graduates of UCSB and were active in the community. John graduated from Fuller Seminary and then ordained. Among John's ministries he has served as the Regional Director for the Walk to Emmaus, a Christian renewal program of the Upper Room.
Please R.S.V.P. 805-965-2517 for a luncheon that will benefit a love gift.